Building Communication and Fostering Relationships for a Positive Classroom Culture

Communication and building relationships are key factors in creating a culture of respect and rapport Communication Strengths and Challenges I bring excellent communication skills to the classroom, but I have three strengths in particular. First, I have a strong interest and work experience working with website design and development. I’ll work to improve that skill … More Building Communication and Fostering Relationships for a Positive Classroom Culture

How Beliefs and Expectations Influence Respect in the Classroom

Respect is a crucial element to creating a classroom that fosters success and personal growth. As a student, I have had teachers that did an excellent job of making respect a part of the classroom. In particular, one former instructor in my high school utilized group activities to not only facilitate learning but also teach … More How Beliefs and Expectations Influence Respect in the Classroom

What Makes Effective Formative Feedback? A Definition and 3 Ways to Use it in the Classroom

Formative feedback and accurate grading are skills every teacher must work to master. Excellent assessments go beyond the traditional grades and scores, and must not only help teachers build better curriculum and instruction, but must also enhance student learning. My formative feedback process often meets the description suggested by Dr. Reeves, but I have much … More What Makes Effective Formative Feedback? A Definition and 3 Ways to Use it in the Classroom

Exit Tickets: How to Use this Formative Assessment in the Classroom

Exit Tickets is a formative assessment that I will utilize in the future. It’s an assessment strategy that fits very well with both my classroom management strategies as well as assessing the effectiveness of the day’s activities and student learning. It will enhance teaching and student learning in my classroom in several distinct ways. First, … More Exit Tickets: How to Use this Formative Assessment in the Classroom

An Authentic Assessment and Rubric for 10th grade Biology Aligned with Pennsylvania Standards

Authentic Assessment for 10th grade Biology class covering standards 4.1.10 A-E 4.10.1A states that students should be able to examine the effects of limiting factors on population dynamics. 4.1.10B requires that students be able to explain the consequences of interrupting natural cycles. 4.10.10 C requires students to be able to explain how energy converts from … More An Authentic Assessment and Rubric for 10th grade Biology Aligned with Pennsylvania Standards

What are Formative, Summative, Benchmark, and Diagnostic Assessments and How Should the be Used in a Classroom?

The four types of assessments: formative, summative, benchmark, and diagnostic, are an important part of student learning in my classroom. They help to guide my instruction planning and increase accountability from the very beginning because I have a clear set of goals for myself as well as my students. While there are benchmark and diagnostic … More What are Formative, Summative, Benchmark, and Diagnostic Assessments and How Should the be Used in a Classroom?

Plans to Build Knowledge of Students’ Individual Preferences and Learning Styles

I identified two elements in the pre-assessment that I know I need to develop: “knowledge of students’ interest and cultural heritage” and “knowledge of the learning process”. In order to address these I’ve created a plan for learning more information about my students and applying that to classroom instruction. Developing my knowledge of students’ interests … More Plans to Build Knowledge of Students’ Individual Preferences and Learning Styles

Using Student Choice and Teachable Moments to Increase Student Understanding and Motivation

Additional examples of responsiveness and flexibility in the classroom help me align with teacher criteria. For me, it’s the element of persistence most specifically. My high school Special Education students often need material to be explained and manipulated in a variety of ways, so these additional strategies go into my arsenal of options and allow … More Using Student Choice and Teachable Moments to Increase Student Understanding and Motivation

Challenges and Strategies for Maintaining a 21st Century Classroom

There are a number of necessary changes and challenges that must be addressed in order to maintain a classroom for the 21st Century. To start, I face two distinct potential challenges in becoming a 21st Century teacher. The challenge of tech overload must be addressed. It’s important to not become totally dependent on technology for … More Challenges and Strategies for Maintaining a 21st Century Classroom

Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workplace

I work hard to organize my high school Special Education Learning Center classroom a place that prepares students for the 21st Century workplace. Most of my students have goals to prepare for transitioning into either trade school or the workplace, so I devote specific instruction time to preparing for entering the workforce. I take the … More Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workplace